The Departments of Medical Microbiology & Immunology and Bacteriology have sponsored the Perlman Symposium on Antibiotic Discovery and Development since 2010. The Symposium highlights the medical aspects of antibiotic and microbiological research at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. This annual event is made possible by a generous gift from Kato Perlman in memory of David Perlman who was the Dean of the School of Pharmacy from 1968-75.

Katherine “Kato” Lenard Perlman, PhD, a distinguished service emerita, senior scientist at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, is touching lives on and off campus with her gifts.

The Perlman Piano Trio Fund provides $10,000 a year for each of the trio musicians, plus an extra $5,000 for a fourth member if needed. The David and Kato Perlman School of Pharmacy Student Scholarship and their Distinguished Graduate Fellowships in Pharmacy help the School attract the brightest candidates. The Perlman Symposium on Antibiotic Discovery and Development encourages new research, and a gift to the Chazen financed the purchase of the painting.